Joan Cleary, MM
Executive Director

Joan Cleary provides day-to-day management of the Alliance as an independent contractor. Prior to starting her consulting practice in 2010, Joan led grantmaking, policy support and leadership development initiatives for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation including its community health worker field-building efforts and upstream focus on social determinants of health.

In a health and human services career spanning 30 years, Joan has worked in community, nonprofit, clinical, think tank, government and philanthropy settings. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Board of Directors

As a nonprofit, we are governed by a voluntary, multi-disciplinary board that provides strategic direction, oversight, and stewardship. Our board includes:

Anita Buel, CHW Certificate Holder, Founder, Minnesota Deaf CHW Project
Kathleen Thiede Call, PhD, Associate Professor and DGS, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Health Policy and Management and SHADAC
Peter J. Dehnel, MD, Medical Director of Utilization Management, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota – Treasurer
Diana DuBois, MPH, MIA, Executive Director, Wellshare International
Nathan G. Ellis, BA, Executive Director, Deaf and Immigrant Center for Education
Carla Lucas, CNP, Director of Nursing, NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center
Roshan Paudel, MA, Senior Director, Primary Care Systems, Midwest Division, American Cancer Society, Inc. – Vice Chair
Jeri Peters, RN, BSN, PHN, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, UCare – Secretary
Julie Ralston Aoki, JD, Staff Attorney, Public Health Law Center, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Eva Scates-Winston, MS, CTE Equity Specialist, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
Marie Minh-Hien Tran, CHW Certificate Holder, Supervisor, Jump Start Screens, Hennepin County Medical Center/MVNA
Cathy Weik, MAL, SPHR, Senior Vice President, Administration/Compliance Officer, Stratis Health – Chair
Anne Willaert, MS, MnAMP Consortium Director, South Central College